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Rae darts to charity success

10 December 2012

MK Dons' first Pro-AM Charity Darts night was a knockout success as Chief Scout Alex Rae was crowned champion at stadiummk.

Rae claimed victory at the entertaining event having made his way through several tough encounters en-route to the final where he and his partner Steve came out on top against Gary ‘Jaggy Thistle’ MacKenzie.

Five lucky punters being given the chance to pair up one of their Dons heroes for the tournament, with one supporter donating £220 to partner the eccentric Jimmy Bullard, who made a return to the Dons for the event.

Players MacKenzie, Antony Kay, Darren Potter, Alan Smith, Dean Bowditch and Ian McLoughlin represented the Dons along with assistant manager Mick Harford and eventual winner Rae.

Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh, BBC Three Counties presenter Luke Ashmead and former MK Dons and Fulham midfielder Bullard also took part along with professional darts players Dennis Priestly, Steve Beaton and the reigning PDC World Champion Adrian Lewis who were on hand to take on several lucky raffle winners.

And it was the ex-England international who shone early on, coming within an inch of scoring 180 with his opening three throws. Crowd favourite Alan Smith battled hard before being knocked out in the semi-finals while Mick ‘The Heartthrob’ Harford was another who surprised many with his talent.

However after a series of close and exciting ties only Scottish duo MacKenzie and Rae remained, with the latter coming out on top in the final after hitting a double- two to win the match, much to the adulation of the crowd which included Dons manager Karl Robinson and first team coach Ian Wright.

Over £4,000 was raised during the evening, most of which through the popular raffle, with all the money going towards charities Prostate Cancer UK and the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust.

Images courtesy of Frazer Waller

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